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How to Make Neutral Spectacular

How to Make Neutral Spectacular

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Decorating, Design, Houses | 0 comments

Here I go again – raving about the wonders of all-neutral interiors. But, seriously, this house (by Neuhaus Architecture and JP Warren Interiors) would persuade even the most vocal of the anti-beige crowd that pale is, indeed, interesting. The house, which was apparently decorated by the owner – the Jessica in JP Warren – was covered by...

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Five Curated Interiors

Five Curated Interiors

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Round-ups | 1 comment

My first Ideabook for Houzz appeared recently on the site’s home page. It’s a round-up of accessories to create a curated look for your home. I think the current trend for curated spaces is one that will be around for a while. It’s a more personal, easy-going way of decorating. Curated rooms are filled with well-made, meaningful treasures,...

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Luxurious Ski Lodges

Luxurious Ski Lodges

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 4 comments

It’s at this time of year I start thinking about ski chalets. Not your typical A-frame alpine cabins, mind. I mean expansive wood structures with soaring ceilings, incredible views, and open fireplaces. So I was happy to discover that this month’s Architectural Digest has just such a home on its cover. Now this is my idea of a ski...

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Ingenious Contemporary Design from 3rd UNCLE

Ingenious Contemporary Design from 3rd UNCLE

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Designers, Inspiration | 1 comment

3rd Uncle Design is a small Toronto-based design firm that has been gathering considerable recognition in recent years. And for good reason. Founded by a trio of designers, the firm has a truly refreshing portfolio. I came across its work recently when looking for inspiration for our renovation, and was attracted to its calm spaces and clean, contemporary...

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White and Gray Bathroom Design

White and Gray Bathroom Design

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Decorating, Design, My house | 4 comments

As part of our kitchen renovation, we are redoing a powder room. It’s a tiny space, so I’m keeping it neutral and simple, with a little Indian-inspired detailing. Here’s a sneak preview… My starting point was the Rajapur wallpaper from Cole and Son. I’ve been dying to use this somewhere and decided this was just the space....

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Black and White Riads

Black and White Riads

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 2 comments

With their intricate tilework, scalloped arches, hammered silver lanterns and cool courtyards, Moroccan riads are a decorator’s idea of pure escapism. Not many urban homes can get away with these features, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire them and draw inspiration. I particularly like these more muted black and white riads, not only...

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The Perfect Dark Taupe Walls

The Perfect Dark Taupe Walls

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 1 comment

I’m on a quest for the perfect paint color for our dining room. It will be redecorated after the kitchen renovation and I’m planning a neutral scheme, enlivened with plenty of pattern. The big challenge is finding the perfect taupe. I want to go with darker walls for a bit more drama, and have decided charcoal will be too gray but don’t...

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Pixelated Pillows

Pixelated Pillows

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 0 comments

This is for those of you who are passionate about color. Christian Zuzunaga is a graphic artist who uses pixels to create stunning visual designs, usually representations of cityscapes. Zuzunaga’s designs have been turned in various textiles, including rugs, scarves and cushions, many of which are available for purchase in his online store. My...

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